What are the DC Career trip dates?
Thursday and Friday, February 18 and 19, 2021.
How is the virtual career trip structured?
This year the trip will be conducted entirely virtually via video conferences, and will be is comprised of site visits and panel discussions in 3 time slots over the two days.
What is the purpose of the career trip?
The trip is an opportunity for career exploration, and information-gathering about specific organizations, and networking with alumni and practitioners in various career fields. For first-year students exploring their career paths, the DC Career Trip introduces students to careers related to the Fletcher degree and provides them the opportunity to get their questions answered. For graduating students, the trip is a chance to meet alumni and others currently employed in their fields of interest.
What do I wear on the trip?
Even though the trip is being conducted virtually this year, business attire is strongly suggested.
Career Trip Tips
- Do your research. Research organizations ahead of time and identify speakers, alumni, and other practitioners in attendance with whom you’d be interested in speaking.
- Generate a list of questions. As you are doing your research, begin creating a list of questions you may have about organizations and individuals in attendance at the site visits. Each site visit will have a Q&A portion for general and widely-applicable questions. For more specific questions, wait until after the presentation to approach the speaker. Keep in mind that during the virtual site visits, it is not appropriate to ask for an internship/job unless the host brings it up, nor is it appropriate to ask for someone’s contacts in a group setting. At the end of the visit it is appropriate to ask if they anticipate any internships or full-time openings and the type of skills the positions need. You might ask what qualifications they look for in a candidate and what makes someone successful at that particular organization.
- Follow up. Send a thank-you note to alumni and other practitioners you meet during the virtual Career Trip to continue to build rapport with them.
- Dress for success. Suggested dress for all events is business attire. When you interact with alumni and other practitioners you are representing the Fletcher School, so make a positive impression.
- Note the student facilitators. Each site visit will have a student facilitator in charge of communicating event details to the student group, managing attendance, and moderating the Q & A. Make a note of who the student facilitator is for each session you are attending so you can reach out to them if necessary.
- Attend all events for which you are registered. The attendance policy during Career Trips is strictly enforced. Failing to sign in or not attend one of the site visits for which you are registered or showing up at an event for which you are not registered will result in a $100 fine.